“I went back and looked through some of the older court filings from the case and stumbled upon portions of Douglas Satzger’s deposition,” Heisler reports. “Satzger worked at Apple from 1996 through 2008 as an “Industrial Design Creative Lead” and helped work on the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G, and the iPhone 3GS.”
Heisler reports, “Satzger at one point is questioned by Samsung’s attorney about the design of the original iPhone and acknowledges that there was a strong interest from within Apple’s industrial design team to develop a phone with shaped glass… Why didn’t Apple follow through on developing an iPhone with shaped glass? In a word, cost.”
Much more in the recommended full article, with details of the close collaborative process that goes into the design of Apple’s hardware, here.